Subject: Re: SCO's actions
To: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 05/22/2003 23:45:55
Hash: SHA1

On Thu, 22 May 2003, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

>On Monday, 19 May 2003 at  2:46:29 -0600, Rick Kelly wrote:
>> David Laight said:
>>> Any patents on Unix itself are likely to have long since expired.
>>> Even anything from the days of the SVR4 merge is likely to expire soon.
>>> So most of the AT&T patents will be gone, I doubt as either Novell
>>> or SCO put much that might be (sensibly) patentable into the kernel.
>> The current SCO UNIX source is called SVR5, with SVR6 in the wings.
>I wonder how many people know this.  It's an interesting indication of
>how important UNIX System V is nowadays.

I dunno.  It's certainly true that most users of the SVR4 codebase are
using Solaris, Irix, HP-UX or such, and don't know that `SVR5' came out.
It's also true that most users of the BSD4.4 codebase are using
Net/Free/OpenBSD, and couldn't tell you what the latest release of BSDI

It's not clear what this tells us about how `important' System V is.  It
is clear that if we have nothing better to do in the year _2003_ than
rehash tired old BSD vs. SVR4 flames, we're all a bunch of pathetic old

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				Jim Wise
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